Today would have certainly brought back some bad memories for Sony. Many gamers found themselves disconnected from online gameplay sessions. It soon came to light that the PlayStation Network had come under a denial of service attack. The attack resulted in flooding of server connections which resulted in gamers being kicked offline. A group that goes by Lizard Squad is claiming responsibility for this attack.
Before Lizard Squad turned the guns on Sony’s servers, it launched similar attacks on servers run by Blizzard for World of Warcraft, Grinding Gear Games for Path of Exile and Riot Games for League of Legends.
The motives behind this attack on PlayStation Network, or other servers, are unclear right now. However fortunately it doesn’t look like this would be a 2011-like fiasco which saw millions of PSN accounts being compromised.
John Smedley of Sony Online Entertainment has explained that the attack is simply overwhelming Sony’s servers, it is not attempting to break in. So even if gamers are not able to get a round of online gaming in, they can rest easy knowing that personal data has not been compromised this time around.
Some Sony Online Entertainment services are already back online, they were hit by the denial of service attack as well. Engineers are aware of the PSN issues and are working to resolve them, as per the latest tweet from the official PlayStation account.